Name me some good 5881 and 6550 amps

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  1. seanc

    seanc Member

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    Yo,

    Just looking at amps that are not EL-34 or 6L6 orientated. I am looking for something else. Could you guys name me some brands and model that would have these tubes in there as well and pics/links?

    Cheers to all :BluesBros

    Sean
     
  2. Jimmydeez

    Jimmydeez Supporting Member

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    The Soldano Decatone has 5881's in it.
     
  3. granite

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    A former bandmate of mine (1995-6 era) use to play through a Mesa Tremoverb wth 5881s in them. He pulled two power tubes and ran it at 50 Watts if my memory is correct. I recall the tone being stellar. Randall @ Mesa wrote about this tube/power config in one of his on-line tech newsletters.

    Older amp, but the TVerb remains a classic (some would say best) amp Mesa ever produced. Regularly on Ebay for $1000-$1200.
     
  4. Ogre

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    Alessandro Redbone Coonhound- 55 watts of 6550 heaven!
     
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    5881? Almost all (maybe actually ALL, but I could be wrong) big tweeds. Cool amps, lots of sizes, LOTS of builders besides Fender. Fender models w/5881 would include the Bassman, Pro, and Twin...
     
  6. Moods

    Moods Supporting Member

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    A Tweed Bassman would be my favorite.

    5881's are in the 6L6 family. They don't sound just like 6L6's but they are definitely similar in a lot of ways. Great tubes!

    Good luck!

    <M
     
  7. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    Yup, if you're not looking for clean overhead, 5881s are the shiz in tweeds. They also sound pretty darn good in BF and brown Fenders.

    6550s-JCM800, many Alessandro models, Ampeg V4 (slightly modified), Sunn 100s/Scetper/Centaur
     
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    Try the Alessandro Bloodhound. This is what Marshalls always wished they were. Really, go to www.alessandro-products.com and have a look. Better yet, play one. I did and never looked back.
     
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    Zinky Mofo. Will trade for a Knucklehead Reverb and 4X12.
     
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    Vintage Sunns. Clean and loud. 6550's.
     
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    carbz Supporting Member

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    My naylor runs on the 5881's. I love the amp but not necessarily because of the tubes.
     
  13. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    I have Bloodhound #1 and I think it's a killer amp, but I don't think this statement is necessarily true. It has much more power supply capacity than a Marshall and bigger transformers, so the transients are much harder-great bass, great cleans, great "thump" but just a different sounding amp from any of my Marshalls. It makes a nice bass amp, too!
     
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    any amp that runs on 6l6's will run 5881's. they are a killer industrial version of the 6l6. I use them in all my Fender Amps. They are very hard to find NOS.
     
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    what sort of amps could i use as a loud clean amp while running pedals. would any sort of fender amps have those kinds of tubes in them. i like the fender sound.
     
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    Wait, I thought that 5881's couldn't take the plate voltage that amps designed around 6L6GC's kick out?
     
  18. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    In terms of the amount of clean, undistorted power you can get from a tube I'd rank them like this:
    EL34-5881-6L6GC-6550-KT88

    A twin running 6L6s is gonna give you lots of nice, loud clean (as is a Pro or Super reverb for that matter). You'd get more volume from higher output tubes (like the 4 6550s in some Sunns or the 4 KT88s in a Sunn 1000s or Marshall Major) or more tubes (like the 6 6L6s in the Super 6 reverb or the Super Twin).
     

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